The Best Parent

For the last few months all my daughter has wanted to do is be on her feet!

baby walkerShe has worked out that she can’t do it by herself, so she reaches out her hands to mine and indicates that she wants to be up! With my help she stands, often looking very pleased with herself. With tongue out in concentration she takes some steps, often wobbly and a little haphazard but she moves forward and gets into the swing of it. And she never seems to tire of it! As soon as she’s sat down she wants to be up again. Sadly I can’t always be on walking duty! Sometimes she has to be patient and wait a while. Sometimes she’s not too keen on waiting, but she knows she can’t do it without her mummy. The result is often a grumpy cross girl!

So much of this reminds me of myself and God.

– How often I need to remember that I can’t do it without God. That in order to really succeed my best bet is to reach out my hand to Him and accept I can’t do it alone.

– How often I’m wobbly, haphazard and unsteady. I’m learning something new or even doing something I’ve done many times before but I’m still weak and need help. His help is the best kind. The kind of parent who will always be there to guide and steady.

– How often I’m impatient and need to learn to wait. God isn’t on my time frame. He knows the bigger picture, what’s best for me and when.

– How often I’m grumpy about it! How I want God to do what I think he should do, now. When really He knows what I need better than I do.

Eventually Beatrice will get to the point where she will walk independently. But saying that, there will still be moments where she needs her hand held, for her safety or reassurance. There will still be moments where she falls and needs my help to brush her down and apply a plaster. And the same applies to me – there will be moments where I fail or fall down, where God still needs to brush me down and set me on my way. And I definitely need my hand held more often than I think!

But that’s the way it should be because God is the BEST PARENT we could ask for. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses, he knows what we need and when we need it, and he loves us better than anyone else can because he created us and knows us inside out.

 

Posted by Lizzie

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